What better way to close out an amazing year of shows than with Dr Funkenstein himself, the legendary George Clinton.
Taking a break between two sold out nights at the Independent, George graciously spent the best part of an hour with us, regaling a packed house at the Haight Street Art Center with stories of life on the road with Parliament-Funkadelic, why a Motown rejection was the best thing that ever happened, what keeps him motivated and why he’s no longer medicated…sorta!
Seriously, this was a total treat and a fitting end to 2018, a year that saw the show grow in leaps and bounds thanks to the support of you guys and of course our wonderful sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery, Whetstone Wine Cellars and the fabulous Haight Street Art Center.
Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone.
The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.
Roem Baur is an award-winning singer and touring songwriter from San Francisco. From appearances on NBC’s The Voice, the main stage at Super Bowl 50, official SXSW & CES conferences, to the International Youth Conference in Zimbabwe, Africa, he has garnered fans all over the world with his “wild” (Entertainment Weekly) stage show and “ridiculous vocal range” (rslblog.com). Classically-trained in Opera and Musical Theatre, he answered the call of rock n’ roll shortly after college and immediately began touring living rooms, cafes, and small clubs with “a voice that seems to burn with fire” (Examiner) before forming his band and releasing his first studio EP with GRAMMY nominated producer, Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry).